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Half-marathon in Sheffield, Britain cancelled due to 'lack of water'

Published on Apr 6, 2014 7:34 PM

LONDON (AFP) - With its rainy climate Britain is not normally short of the wet stuff, but a half-marathon in Sheffield was cancelled at the last second on Sunday because of a lack of bottled water.

Chaotic scenes erupted after the announcement, as many of the 6,000 participants set off anyway and the police in the northern English city reportedly tried to block them from running.

"It is with huge disappointment and regret that we have been forced to cancel this year's race due to a problem with the delivery of water," the organisers said on Twitter.

"We would like to express our sincerest apologies to everyone involved in the race who will be affected."

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